DIRECTV subscribers who live in some markets qualify for an automatic upgrade to HD-capable equipment. This is because all their local channels, even the standard-definition ones, use the MPEG-4 technology used everywhere for high definition service. If you live in one of these markets... you'll definitely be using HD-capable equipment.
Thanks, HoTat2, for taking the ego and emotional involvement out of this thread, in favor of technical accuracy.
I don't see where "ego" or "emotional involvement" has anything to do with it.
Stuart's post, and the sentence I bolded above in particular implies to me that this thread is intended to keep track of what markets qualifies a person for automatic upgrades to HD.
If the intention is to only list 100% MPEG4 markets as you stated, it's only fair that there should be a disclaimer in the first post that the list only contains markets in which the channels offered are 100% MPEG4, and that one may still be eligible for equipment upgrades in additional markets.
I can't speak for joshjr, but I'd personally give my blessing to Stuart Sweet to delete my first post in this thread, and I suspect joshjr would allow him to do the same so that Stuart can have the 1st and 2nd posts in the thread (or simply start a new one) allowing him to make a second list that lists markets that are less than 100% MPEG4, but still offers MPEG4 upgrades.... or he could just make two separate lists in his original post.